Motley Fool writer: ‘I’d be surprised if Symantec ever sells a single product to a Mac user again’

“Poor Symantec. Not only does it have to contend with competition direct from Mr. Softy himself, but it can’t even get a little love from the Apple crowd. It may be cut off for good,” Seth Jayson writes for The Motley Fool. “In fact, I’d be surprised if Symantec ever sells a single product to a single Mac user again. You see, Symantec had the cheek to suggest that Mac’s OSX operating system may not be completely flawless. I’m as shocked as you are. Steve Jobs, fallible? Get me my gun.”

Jayson writes, “True, Symantec has a vested interest in selling its security products, and any report aimed at scaring customers ought to be viewed with some skepticism. But it’s also true that the Mac’s mythically bulletproof security benefits from the same kind of relative obscurity that made Mayberry so safe. Yes, Andy was a fine cop, but on the other hand, with so little potential for payoff, there isn’t a lot of incentive for criminal elements — like hackers — to try to drop by. Especially when Microsoft’s Windows continues to make for such easy pickins.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s our opinion that Symantec has more than a little to gain by throwing a bucket of cold water on Mac OS X. Have you seen the misinformed headlines screaming about viruses hitting Mac OS X and other such tripe due to Symantec’s idiotic junk “report?” Some samples:

• Symantec: increasing attacks on Mac OS
• How long before Apple’s OS X becomes Microsoft Windows?
• Symantec Says Mac Virus, Hacker Attacks Increasing
• Macintosh attacks on the rise
• Is Macintosh really safer than Windows?

How many people skimming those headlines are sick and tired of dealing with Windows and just might have considered a Mac, but won’t due to the misinformation floating through syndication channels for the past few days?

The more people stuck with the porous Windows, the better for a dike-plugger like Symantec, no? 68,736 (and counting) Microsoft Windows viruses vs. zero for Apple Mac’s OS X can’t be overlooked or explained away with obscurity myths, Mr. Jayson. Zero viruses for Mac OS X, as in, none, zilch, nada. Again, if Symantec thinks that we’re going to forget about their bullshit FUD report, they’re sadly mistaken.

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Symantec cries wolf with misplaced Mac OS X ‘security’ warning – March 23, 2005
Symantec’s Mac OS X claims dismissed as nonsense, FUD – March 22, 2005
Symantec warns about Mac OS X security threat – March 21, 2005
68,736 Microsoft Windows viruses vs. zero for Apple Mac’s OS X – March 12, 2005
Mac OS X has no viruses; what’s wrong with Windows? – February 11, 2004

37 Comments

  1. Symantec?

    Who are they?

    Virus? What’s that?

    Oh yeah, I remember. Three years ago when I finally trashed my Windows PC for good, it had some Symantec anti-virus software on it.

    But that was a long time ago….

  2. 68,736 Windows viruses! Yeh-heh-hesssss. I once knew a Pekinese like that! Yesss, you know it’s true. I had to get a whole series of shots because of that bitch! But really, Symantec, what’s de point? You know it’s not going to work. Noooo. We Mac users aren’t Windows tools. I mean, come onnnn, you think we look like Leno’s audience or something? Hey, I keed. I keed those who like low-quality. But seriously, I’m all over Conan lately for that stupid Microsoft hosting job he took. I mean, heyyy, Gates wrote a big check, you know what I mean?!? Besides, everyone knows Conan’s a whore. Kind of like that Pekinese I mentioned. But I got even. With her, she was so easy . . .

    FOR ME TO POOP ON!!

    Now go buy my CD!

  3. I’m sorry, but whether they write pro-Apple stuff or anti-Apple stuff I can’t stand these Motley Fool pieces. They have little or nothing new to say, and insist on saying it in as “cute” a way as possible. Terrible investment advice to boot.

  4. I hate this pettiness.

    Every Mac user knows that OSX is vulnerable. Just nowhere near as vulnerable as Windows which is a joke.

    Secondly, the reason why people won’t buy Symantec products for the Mac is because they suck. And not in a “I don’t like the screen layout” but ‘Norton SystemWorks wrecked my hard drive’ sucks.

    I bought one product from Symantec for my Mac–an Antivirus product. It lasted two weeks, and not because I am an arrogant Mac guy who thinks OSX is flawless, but because the program crashed my computer repeatedly.

  5. It was not Mac users that Symantec’s load of shit report was designed to fool. It was designed to fool the Windows users wavering about picking up a Mac mini instead of buying more Symantec crap to plug up Microsoft’s swiss cheese OS.

  6. OS X may not be flawless..but for a Virus checker.. well.. what’s the point.

    ZERO VIRUSES.

    That’s pretty damning stuff if you’re trying to sell anti-virus software.

    Why didn’t Seth mention that number?

    Please spare me the hyperboles about how every Mac user prays to a shrine of Steve Jobs

  7. “It was not Mac users that Symantec’s load of shit report was designed to fool. It was designed to fool the Windows users wavering about picking up a Mac mini instead of buying more Symantec crap to plug up Microsoft’s swiss cheese OS.”

    Definition of “spot on” above.

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